One Night in Bamako: Bassekou Kouyaté and Nogoni Ba, Fatoumata Diawara

from French in Ann Arbor


Here is what the University Musical Society says:

"In the midst of a military coup that has brought terrible unrest to Mali, two of the country’s talents unite for a special concert. Bassekou Kouyaté is a virtuoso picker, musical visionary, and one of Africa’s greatest instrumentalists, whose work blurs the lines between West African and American roots music. His instrument, the ngoni, is an ancestor of the banjo and the key instrument of griot storytelling culture. Perpetuating Mali’s rich musical tradition, Fatoumata Diawara presents a joyous mix of the vibrant and understated, combining songs about love, politics, and empowerment. Inspired by Wassoulou tradition, jazz, and blues, she has created her own unique contemporary folk sound with a distinctly African spin, with arresting melodies soaring over intricate guitar and drum arrangements."

Also see
Bassekou Kouyaté website
Fatoumata Diawara website


Tickets through UMS, of course. It is very important to continue to know what the French speaking world is doing, politically, culturally and artistically.


Bonjour! My name is Noemie, I'm from Paris, France and teaching French is a passion of mine!

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Leonore Gerstein
over 4 years ago

Hello, all,
It is too early for me to know whether or not I'll be in town that evening, but I certainly hope so. It sounds like the perfect concert for mid-winter.

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Cat Novak
almost 5 years ago

I'm interested of course... that would be great to go as a group. i'm into buying $34 seats.

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